DANCE IT OUT: SEBASTIAN AND SHANNON (curated by Meg Foley): What Stays With You

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Sebastian Cummings, creator and performer in "I Am Because I Am" in DANCE IT OUT.

Sebastian Cummings, creator and performer in “I Am Because I Am” in DANCE IT OUT.

Upon entering the dark, intimate AUX space for Meg Foley’s first DANCE IT OUT (a new series she is curating), the crowd made chatter from their seats along the sidelines of a room adorned with a diamond of red-orange daisies and rusty railroad-tie nails meticulously laid out in a row upstage. Soon, performers Michelle Tantoco and William Robinson entered, wearing white tops and light khaki shorts–their black sneakers in stark contrast to their attire…Here, Shannon Murphy’s Parade of Traces, I sensed something visceral and physical.  The work was so aesthetically driven—long lines, pointed toes, and very clear gestures—amid sloppy writhing and clunky bodies dropping to the ground….

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Also on the bill was Sebastian’s “I Am Because I Am,” a hyper-sexy drag performance that raised issues of gender and power, intelligently balancing projection with the male dancers’ personification of feminine sexuality and objectification as they strutted in high heels, bent over, and tossed their long locks. Lastly, a “Dance Break” presented by Foley and Carmichael Jones complete with black light and tequila shots in between pieces added to the sense that this evening was more than a traditional performance–it was a wild night out…. Read the full review on

October 12, 2013,

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Becca Weber for thINKingDANCE

Becca Weber is always asking questions. Usually, these investigate where the body meets the brain—where dance and Somatics intersect. She is a TA and MFA Candidate in Dance at Temple University. Becca holds a Master’s degree in Dance & Somatic Well-Being from the University of Central Lancashire. As director of Somanaut Dance, her choreography has been presented at various venues in Philadelphia, New York, Georgia, Delaware, and the UK. She has performed for many independent choreographers in Philadelphia, including Ellie Goudie-Averill (Stone Depot Dance Lab), Eun Jung Choi, Michael T. Roberts, Danielle Greene, and others. Her research has been published in the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices. Rebecca is an associate editor for the journal Dance, Movement and Spiritualities and assistant editor of the forthcoming book, Dance, Somatics and Spiritualities: Contemporary Sacred Narratives.i»¿ In short, she loves to play with people, space, ideas, and words. thINKingDANCE focuses on the Philadelphia area’s professional dance groups, that is, those with a toehold of a few years’ experience, plus some of the aspiring ones. With a hefty population of individual artists and groups, our priority is to give them coverage, along with touring companies performing here, and an occasional glance at TV dance contests or other popular and participatory forms. Visit